Singapore, b.1978

Sim Chi Yin

Sim Chi Yin is a photographer and artist from Singapore, currently based in London and Beijing. Her practice integrates multiple mediums including photography, film, sound, text and archival material and performative readings. Combining rigorous research with intimate storytelling, Sim’s works often explore issues relating to history, memory, conflict and migration, and their consequences.

Sim was commissioned as the Nobel Peace Prize photographer in 2017 and created a solo show for the Nobel Peace Centre museum in Oslo on nuclear weapons, using video installation and still photography. She presented a solo show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore in 2018 and has also exhibited in the Istanbul Biennale (2017), the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in South Korea, among other international institutions. Her...

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Biography

Sim Chi Yin is a photographer and artist from Singapore, currently based in London and Beijing. Her practice integrates multiple mediums including photography, film, sound, text and archival material and performative readings. Combining rigorous research with intimate storytelling, Sim’s works often explore issues relating to history, memory, conflict and migration, and their consequences.

Sim was commissioned as the Nobel Peace Prize photographer in 2017 and created a solo show for the Nobel Peace Centre museum in Oslo on nuclear weapons, using video installation and still photography. She presented a solo show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore in 2018 and has also exhibited in the Istanbul Biennale (2017), the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art in South Korea, among other international institutions. Her video installation Most People Were Silent was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019.

She joined Magnum Photos as a nominee member in 2018 and is currently also a doctoral researcher on scholarship at King’s College London.

Artworks

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Remnants #1 (餘跡之一), Betong, Vala, southern Thailand (泰國南部也拉府勿洞)

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Archival Materials / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Beijing / Blurred Images / Colonial/Post-colonial Issues / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Singaporean Art / Diaspora/Migration / Film/Video Art / History/Historical Approach / Individual and Society / Landscape Photography / London / Memories / Performance / Photography / Print on Paper / Singapore / Singaporean Art / Sound / Sound Installation / Theatricality / Trauma / Traumatic Experience / Video Installation/Sculpture / War and Military / Women Artists / Young / Emerging Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2018

    MPhil/PhD researcher, practice-based PhD, King’s College London (2018 to present)

  • 2001

    MSc in History of International Relations (distinction), London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London

  • 2000

    BA in History (first class honours), London School of Economics and Political Science

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “One Day We’ll Understand”, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2018

    Most People Were Silent, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore

  • Fallout, Cortona On The Move Photo Festival, Italy

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Most People Were Silent, Aesthetica Art Prize, York Art Gallery

  • 2018

    “One Day We’ll Understand” , Framer Framed, Amsterdam

  • “One Day We’ll Understand” , Jendela gallery, Esplanade, Singapore

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Education

  • 2018

    MPhil/PhD researcher, practice-based PhD, King’s College London (2018 to present)

  • 2001

    MSc in History of International Relations (distinction), London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London

  • 2000

    BA in History (first class honours), London School of Economics and Political Science

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    “One Day We’ll Understand”, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2018

    Most People Were Silent, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore

  • Fallout, Cortona On The Move Photo Festival, Italy

  • 2017

    Fallout, Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo, Norway

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Most People Were Silent, Aesthetica Art Prize, York Art Gallery

  • 2018

    “One Day We’ll Understand” , Framer Framed, Amsterdam

  • “One Day We’ll Understand” , Jendela gallery, Esplanade, Singapore

  • 2017

    The Rat Tribe, Istanbul Biennale

  • The Rat Tribe, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Seoul

  • 2016

    Dying To Breathe, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, North Carolina

  • Dying To Breathe, Objectifs, Singapore

  • The Rat Tribe, Arko Art Center, Seoul

  • 2015

    Burmese Spring, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles

  • 2012

    The Rat Tribe, PhotoVille, New York

  • Burmese Spring, Nobel Peace Center, Oslo

  • 2008

    The Workers From Samsui, The Necessary Stage Fringe Festival, Singapore

Performance

  • 2019

    “One Day We’ll Understand” , Singapore International Festival of the Arts (Performative Reading)

  • “One Day We’ll Understand” , Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton (Performative Reading)

  • 2018

    “One Day We’ll Understand” , The New School, New York (Performative Reading)

Commissions

  • 2018

    Land Transport Authority Singapore, Art in Transit public art commission

  • 2017

    Nobel Peace Prize exhibition commission, Oslo

Grants & Awards

  • 2019

    Aesthetica Art Prize, shortlist

  • 2018

    Chris Hondros Award

  • Practice-based doctoral research scholarship, King’s College London

  • 2017

    Asia 21 Young Leader

  • Docking Station residency, Amsterdam

  • 2016

    Prix Pictet, nominated

  • 2015

    CINE Golden Eagle Awards, short documentary

  • Prix Pictet, nominated

  • 2014

    Her World “Young Woman Achiever of the Year”

  • British Journal of Photography, “Ones to Watch”

  • 2013

    W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography, finalist

  • ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Awards, Discernment Award and People’s Choice award

  • Photo District News, PDN 30

  • 2011

    Santa Fe Prize, nominated

  • 2010

    Magnum Foundation Human Rights and Photography fellowship, New York University

Lectures/Talks

  • 2019

    Shifting Sands, Barbican Centre / Magnum Photos, London

  • Ethics and Contemporary Image-making, Tate Britain, study day lead, London

  • 2018

    Fallout, Magnum Foundation, New York

  • Fallout, New York University Shanghai

  • 2015

    Facebook Asia-Pacific, Women’s Leadership Day, closing speaker

Bibliography

  • Chakanetsa, Kim: My Family’s Hidden HIstory, BBC World Service, The Conversation, 1 April 2019, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csynhz

  • Tribillon, Justinien: A Mirage of Luxury Built on Sand. Magnum Photos, March 2019, https://www.magnumphotos.com/newsroom/environment/sim-chi-yin-a-mirage-of-luxury-built-on-sand/

  • Tribillon, Justinien: Shifting Sands, Migrant Journal, issue 5, November 2018, https://migrantjournal.com/products/pre-order-migrant-journal-no-5-micro-odysseys

  • Kay Min, Soh: “Most People Were Silent”, Asian Nobel Peace Prize photographer Sim Chi Yin at ICA Singapore, Art Radar Journal, 3 October 2018, http://artradarjournal.com/2018/10/03/asian-nobel-peace-prize-photographer-sim-chi-yin-at-ica-singapore/

  • Kiu, Joella Qingyi: Sim Chi Yin on the place of facts in making art, experimentation and the power of stories, Object Lessons Space, September 2018, https://objectlessons.space/posts/2018/sim-chi-yin

  • Bayley, Bruno: Magnum Nominee Sim Chi Yin Waited Years to be Able to Commit to Photography, Magnum Photos, July 2018, https://www.magnumphotos.com/theory-and-practice/magnum-nominee-sim-chi-yin-waited-years-to-be-able-to-commit-to-photography/

  • Toh, Wen Li: Nobel Peace Prize Photographer On a Roll, The Straits Times, 30 July 2018, https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/nobel-peace-prize-photographer-on-a-roll

  • Seymour, Tom: Sim Chi Yin Investigates the Fallout, British Journal of Photography, issue 7873, July 2018, p 38-49, https://www.bjp-online.com/2018/06/sim-chi-yin/

  • Smit, Gareth: Photos of Nuclear Landscapes That Are Meant to Disorient, The New Yorker, 15 May 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/photos-of-nuclear-landscapes-that-are-meant-to-disorient

  • Cornet, Laurence, Sim Chi-Yin : Fallout, l’exposition du Prix Nobel de la paix, L’Œil de la Photographie, March 2018, https://loeildelaphotographie.com/en/sim-chi-yins-fallout-a-nobel-peace-prize-exhibition/